Actor Daniel Escobar dead from something we should all worry about

Actor Daniel Escobar died on December 13 from diabetes related complications. He was 49 years old when he passed away at a hospital in Los Angeles on Friday. Escobar is best known for his role as a teacher opposite of Hilary Duff on Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire. His credits are many and his formal training might surprise you and the cause of his death should also be of concern to you.

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Escobar earned his bachelor's in fine arts at Southern Methodist University and also trained at the Shakespeare Theatre in Folger. That's right, Lizzie's teacher was a trained Shakespearean actor. Not too shabby, right?

He graced many shows with his performances including Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Malcolm in the Middle, Two and a Half Men, and How I Met Your Mother. His credits on the big screen include Blow, The Mexican, and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

It makes me sad to lose a successful Latino actor. There are still far too few being represented. To think that Escobar was only 49 is also very sobering. That's just too young. Could his death have been prevented? I don't know, but it is a reminder to all Latinos that diabetes is a serious health concern. Escobar's death re-emphasizes the toll that diabetes is taking in the Latino community; it is an urgent health care problem. The rates of diabetes amongst Latinos are soaring and are costing us far too many precious lives.

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